Anyone living in Bloomsbury could not have failed to notice the building work happening at Tottenham Court Road.
The first stage of the £500m rebuilding of Tottenham Court Road station is now complete and the impressive new ticket hall is open.
Providing interchange between the Central and Northern lines, the station is normally used by 150 000 passengers per day. This is expected to increase to around 200 000 following the opening of the interchange to Crossrail in December 2018.
At present the new station box is accessed by escalators from an entrance on the south side of Oxford Street. A second surface access will connect with a glassed pavilion and plaza now taking shape below the Centre Point tower to the east of Tottenham Court Road.
Containing a large glazed control room and ticket vending machines, the spacious ticket hall is linked to the Northern Line platforms by the second-longest set of escalators on the Underground. This makes the daily commute much more pleasant, with more people being able to access the station all at once.
At present, there is no accessing the Central Line from Tottenham Court Road tube but the next stage will see the new hall connected to the Central Line, which will require the demolition of the old ticket hall under Oxford Street. According to London Underground, this work should be finished by December this year.
By 2016, the station will be fully accessible, with five lifts being installed to provide step-free access from the ticket hall to the platforms.
“The new tube station is already looking very impressive and brings this part of Bloomsbury one step further into being an important stop for commuters,” says Wayne Lewis, manager at the Bloomsbury branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “Upgrading travel connections certainly has a positive impact on local property prices.”